# How many low tides do most locations experience each day?

## How many low tides do most locations experience each day?

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Coastal areas experience two low tides and two high tides every lunar day, or 24 hours and 50 minutes. The two tidal bulges caused by inertia and gravity will rotate around the Earth as the moons position changes. These bulges represent high tides while the flat sides indicate low tides.

## How many low tides happen in the same spot?

Since so much water is pulled into the two high tides, low tides form between the two high tides (Figure below). As the Earth rotates beneath the Moon, a single spot will experience two high tides and two low tides every day.

What causes a low tide?

In the period between the two spring tides, the moon faces the Earth at a right angle to the sun. When this happens, the pull of the sun and the moon are weak. This causes tides that are lower than usual.

How many low tides are in a day?

Since the Earth rotates through two tidal “bulges” every lunar day, we experience two high and two low tides every 24 hours and 50 minutes.

### What happens during a neap tide?

In a neap tide, the sun and moon are at right angles to each other, pulling in opposite directions. These pulls effectively balance each other out, keeping the water level relatively stable. While low and high tides do occur during a neap tide, the range in height between them is very minimal.

### What causes high tides?

High tides and low tides are caused by the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull generates something called the tidal force.